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Anthony Weiner sentenced in sexting case

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Former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner exits federal court in Manhattan after pleading guilty in sexting case on May 19 in New York City. Weiner, who resigned from Congress over a sexting scandal, was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

Disgraced ex-congressman Anthony Weiner has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after he pleaded guilty earlier this year to sexting a minor, according to the New York Daily News.

'Rock bottom'

The former Democratic lawmaker — who previously caused controversy by sexting adult women under aliases including “Carlos Danger” — admitted to sending graphic images of himself to a 15-year-old girl. According to Bloomberg, as part of his plea agreement, he will surrender his iPhone and register as a sex offender.

Bloomberg reported that in court Monday, Weiner called the crime his personal “rock bottom.”

“I was a very sick man for a long period of time, but I am responsible for the damage I have done,” he said. “I have no excuse.”

In a recent letter to the court, Weiner, 53, asked for leniency in his sentence, writing, “My regret for my crime is profound.”

Weiner has until Nov. 6 to surrender to his designated facility. His lawyer has requested a low-security prison near New York or Schuylkill Federal Correctional Facility in Pennsylvania.

Previous scandals

Weiner’s latest sexting scandal impacted the 2016 presidential election. Former FBI Director James Comey re-opened an investigation into former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state, citing emails the FBI discovered on Weiner’s laptop amid a sexting probe. Weiner’s estranged wife, Huma Abedin, was a top aide to Clinton.

Abedin announced her separation from Weiner following reports he sent lewd images to a woman while lounging in bed beside the couple’s young son.

Weiner’s previous sexting scandals resulted in his resignation from Congress and derailed a New York City mayoral bid.

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